May your feet forever scream “Nooooooo!” at the thought of athlete’s foot.

Athlete’s foot is a term used to describe a form of fungus infection of the feet. The medical term is tinea pedis. It is a common fungal infection that thrives in an environment of warmth and dampness. The fungi live off the dead skin cells and calluses of the feet, especially on the skin between the toes.

Athlete’s foot is a very common skin condition. Many people will develop it at least once in their lives. Athlete’s foot occurs mostly among teenage and adult males. Athlete’s foot is uncommon in women and children under the age of 12. It should not be ignored–it can be easily treated, but it also can be very resistant to treatment.

5 Tips to fight Athlete’s foot

  1. Avoid walking in public showers, pools and locker rooms
  2. Keep socks and shoes clean
  3. Wear dry shoes, or air them out after wearing them for a long time
  4. Wear shoes that let your feet breathe
  5. Wear socks made from cotton or wool

Can you get Athlete’s foot on your face and other parts of the body?

Yes. It can spread to other parts of the body if you scratch the itch and then touch other areas. Athlete’s Foot usually spreads to under the fingernails, the groin (jock itch) and the skin under your arms. Depending on where you touch after scratching the foot, it can also spread to other parts of your body via contaminated sheets or clothing.

Symptoms of Athlete’s foot?

Athlete’s foot may affect different people in different ways. Some of the common symptoms are:

  • itching
  • scaling
  • peeling and cracking of the skin between the toes
  • redness
  • scaling
  • blisters on the soles and along the sides of the feet

Why does Athlete’s Foot develop?

The fungi that causes athlete’s foot grows in moist, damp places. Sweaty feet, not drying feet well after swimming, running, or bathing, tight shoes and socks, and a warm climate all contribute to the development of athlete’s foot. The fungus that causes athlete’s foot spreads rapidly when antibiotics, drugs, or radiation destroy beneficial bacteria. It is very prevalent and highly contagious in warm, damp places such as gyms and swimming pool locker rooms.

Do toenail infections cause Athlete’s foot?

Toenail infections do not directly cause Athlete’s food, but they can also develop during the same time as Athlete’s foot. Toenail infections can be very difficult to treat. Toenail infections result in scaling, crumbling and thickening of the nails and even nail loss.

How is Athlete’s foot diagnosed?

Your dermatologist or doctor will examine your feet. This examination may include a scraping of the skin on your feet. The skin scales are then examined under a microscope or placed in special substances to look for growth of the fungus.

Treatment options for Athlete’s foot fungus?

If you have been diagnosed with Athlete’s foot, treatment should begin immediately. If not treated quickly and properly, it can spread to others. Your doctor will prescribe medication to stop the spread of fungus. Your doctor will also encourage you to develop new habits to keep your feet dry.

Can Athlete’s foot be prevented?

The best way to prevent athlete’s foot is to wash your feet every day, dry your feet thoroughly, and keep them dry. Take care to protect your feet from direct contact with communal areas such as locker rooms, gyms, and day spas. When possible, wear shoes or slippers in these types of communal areas.